I was contemplating superpowers the other day. Yeah, those are the types of things I ponder in the pre-dawn hours of the morning. I still can’t decide what superpower I would choose, probably telekinesis because looking into someone’s mind would be icky and I would trip if I had super speed.
Then, I had the terrifying thought–what would actual superpowers do to a human body? I found it rather creepy that a Ted Talk on “If Superpowers Were Real: Super Speed” popped up in my feed that morning.
Uhhh. Thought Police anyone?
Well, I posted the Ted Talk videos below, but I have a little more for you. Writing Marvelous Superheroes, here we go…
The thing that separates heroes from villains is what they choose to do with their powers and this all comes out in the origin story.
Once they choose, those superheroes generally fall into three archetypes:
This past March I attended my first convention as a vendor and asked for suggestions as to what my next topic should be—the winner? Horror. This book is packed full of a large variety of styles of prompts, not just traditional story starters.
I have included one of the story helping generators I created for the workbook below (and a photo prompt). So dive in and have some fun writing some creepy stories just in time for Halloween!
Are you a budding Stephen King or want to be? Whether you are an adult or teen, this book is for you. It has hundreds of prompts and a healthy amount of charts and references to help ignite your creativity.
This last school year I took on a new endeavor: homeschooling two elementary kids. Overall, it went really well, but there was one area of frustration. My kids hated answering lists of questions and didn’t always want to discuss the chapters they’d read. My solution? I wrote a book.
Drawing on my two and a half decades of classroom experience teaching literature–I came up with several prototypes using my kiddos for guinea pigs. Don’t worry no harm came to any children. ;o)
My kids both love making lists and drawing pictures. So, I incorporated what not only my children like, but also what worked in my high school classroom.
There’s room to log 10 books chapter-by-chapter. And, you never have to chase a bunch of papers around! All their notes stay in this easy to use workbook.
So, you published your book? That is amazing! You should take a minute to revel in the accomplishment. Really. You did something a lot of people dream of doing but never do.
Now, I would take a second to bookmark this page. I’ll wait. Done? Great.
First of all, you don’t need to do everything on this checklist today. I would advise doing one item a day for the next several days.
This is pretty much the list of what I wish I’d known when I started back in 2010. I had to “just figure it out.” There are so many more resources out there now–and so many more doors are open to indie and small pub writers.
I’ve been hoarding pictures again and thought I should share a few. May they be a muse to your writing fancies.
(I took a whole series of photos for Prompt Me Again. This one was much better in color, so I saved it for the blog. My friend Jenn was such a good sport and repeatedly did the “dead man’s float” for me over and over again. Don’t worry, it’s stage blood (peppermint flavored). :)
I scanned the crowd around the pool as dread flowed over me…
Have you noticed the growing number of articles that offer a reading time? Recently, I’ve even seen some people put a reading time on FaceBook posts. You may have wondered about the easiest way to add a reading time to your blog posts and articles. Or, maybe not. Ha. If you did, here are the easiest methods.
The average person reads 200 wpm (words per minute). So, base your calculations on this.
I’m super excited to announce the release of Prompt Me Romance. This creative writing workbook and journal is clean enough for teens but sophisticated enough for adults. Whether you are just starting out or have a string of published books, there is something in here for you. All new photo prompts, first person, third person, fill-in-the-blank, master lists, and much more.
I was thrilled when it debuted on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” and may have done a really awkward dance in my living room (but there is no way to prove it–all video mysteriously “disappeared”). So check it out. I have samples and a freebie master list below. Enjoy!
It is my pleasure to announce the newest edition of the PROMPT ME SERIES. Woo hoo!
Prompt Me Again is full of new prompts and ideas to get (and keep) you writing.
I had a ton of fun taking all the new pictures. I went so far as getting into a pool fully clothed (with my friend, Jenn) and capturing some eery images. I also found myself wading through waist-high grass (in flip-flops) while getting eaten by mosquitos to nab the perfect sunset pic. And…it was all worth it.
As an aside, both of my editors faves are the “Fairy Tale Mash Up” and the “Facial Expression” reference chart. Regardless, there is something for everyone in the book.
Here is a glimpse of what you get in this new installment.
Clean enough for teens and sophisticated enough for adults.